When I knew I wanted to be a writer back in the ’80s, I read a Writer’s Digest article that offered a simple path: Get an apartment in New York City, place a typewriter on your kitchen table, sit down and start writing. When you get up in 10 years, you will be a writer.
Well, I did not get an apartment in New York and opted for a dedicated word processor (I believe it was an Amstrad sold by Sears) in 1986 and a few years later an IBM-clone. Wouldn’t you know, in about 10 years I finally got the sense that maybe I could write.
Another way of looking at this is that it took 10 years for me to find my voice in writing.
Since December 2012, I have been blogging regularly, and it is mildly discouraging that I have found neither a voice for my blogging nor my blog.
The Z Section is supposed to be about anything. I fought the urge to “specialize” and focus on a niche to give me the freedom to write about whatever caught my attention. What I have discovered is anything can be anything and sometimes anything can be too daunting so anything becomes nothing.
Will I specialize? Will I focus on a niche? Truthfully, I am not sure.
But, here is what I know:
- I have varied interests.
- These interests include my Christian faith,
- Reading the Bible,
- Social media,
- Leadership principles,
- Pets, and
- so much more.
The thing is, down the road I want to write books, and I want them to focus on potential material for Sunday school classes. However, as I look over this blog, admittedly about anything, I find very little that point toward that direction.
So, you can expect more regarding faith and how it intersects with all of those things above. Perhaps there I will find my voice.
I hope it doesn’t take 10 years.